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South Koreans release anti-North leaflets

Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 01:26

April 15 - South Korean activists release balloons containing anti-Pyongyang leaflets towards the North, as the isolated state celebrates its founder's birthday. Travis Brecher reports.

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North and South Koreans on the southern side of the border between the two countries fly a message of hope in 10 balloons to their northern neighbours. A largely symbolic gesture, the balloons contain messages denouncing the Pyongyang leadership - they hope they will reach a few of North Korea's estimated 24 million people. The event comes at a moment of tension, as the North celebrated the 100th anniversary of Kim Il-sung's birth with a rocket launch that riled the international community. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) PRESIDENT OF FIGHTERS FOR FREE NORTH KOREA ASSOCIATION PARK SANG-HAK, SAYING: "Kim Il-sung is the man who has left 7 million Koreans in North and South Korea hurt and scarred irreparably. During the celebrations (for his 100th birthday), his grandson conducted an insane mission, launching a missile -- they could feed twenty million North Koreans for a year with the cost of the launch." The balloons also carry a thousand one U.S. dollar bills, and 300 copies of DVDs critical of the North's hereditary leadership. Tensions have been high between the two Koreas for over half a century. They are still technically at war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice without a peace treaty. Travis Brecher, Reuters

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South Koreans release anti-North leaflets

Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 01:26